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Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’

Native Plants

Henry’s Garnet Virginia Sweetspire

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Summary

Henry’s Garnet Virginia sweetspire is a show stopper in late spring to early summer. This elegant arching, 4-6’ tall shrub produces masses of pure white finger-like flower clusters just as the summer heat builds. True to its name, Henry’s Garnet Virginia sweetspire extends interest as it ignites the autumn landscape with garnet red foliage. Though found naturally in moist to wet soils, it can tolerate dry soils as long as they are acidic and well drained. In addition, it makes an excellent shrub for massing or as a specimen in filtered shade to full sun planted with Viburnum nudum, Ilex verticillata, Magnolia virginiana, Styrax americanus, Heuchera americana, and Rhododendron canescens.


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, late-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    purple, red 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown 

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